Awards & Accomplishments


2009    NeighborWorks America in recognition of CHDC’s NeighborWorks Government Service Award Recipient, Contra Costa Deputy District Attorney Ken McCormick


2007    FDIC Money Smart for participation in Longitudinal Evaluation of Money Smart Curriculum


2006    Gold Nugget Award of Merit presented by PCBC and BUILDER Magazine for Chesley Mutual Housing, Best Affordable Project under 30 units


2006    FDIC Money Smart for CHDC Efforts in Financial Education


2006    Citibank Outstanding Partnership Award


2005    LeaderSpring Mentor Award


2005    Internal Revenue Service VITA Partnership Award


2005    Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services Award to Donald Gilmore, CHDC Executive Director, for Steadfast Leadership in Affordable Housing and Community Development


2005    City of Richmond for Fifteen Years of Service


2005    Eden Housing, for Fifteen Years of Valuable Contributions including Chesley Mutual Housing, Community Heritage Senior Housing and North Richmond Commercial Center


2005    Internal Revenue Service For the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Cash For College Partnership easing the financial aid process for low income college applicants


2005    US Department of Housing & Urban Development Certificate of Recognition


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Building Up People

    • Homeownership Counseling

      As a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency CHDC assists about 1,000 households per year with first-time buyer, financial fitness, and post-purchase homeownership counseling.

    • First Time Homebuyers

      CHDC has assisted 400+ low-income families to become homeowners with sustainable financing. Most purchased in Richmond and nearby neighborhoods.

    • Foreclosure Intervention

      CHDC is Contra Costa County’s largest provider of foreclosure and mortgage counseling to low-income homeowners in trouble. We also help prevent the conditions that lead to foreclosure.


    • Financial Capabilities Program

      CHDC helps people with low incomes keep and build their assets. Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Contra Costareturned over $3.5 million to low-income taxpayers throughout Contra Costa in 2009 by providing free, IRS-certified tax filing assistance. In five years, more than 230 people have completed our class on family budgeting, credit repair, savings and investment. Through our CC-MATCH IDA program, 60 low-income savers have achieved their financial goal of purchasing their first home, investing in a small business, or paying for post-secondary education.



Building Up Neighborhoods

    • Creating Affordable Homes

      CHDC has produced 200+ new or rehabilitated homes for sale to low-income families all over Richmond, many in infill locations where our new homes upgrade the whole block.

    • Affordable Housing Development

      CHDC has a 5-year pipeline of 600+ new homes, apartments and mixed-use developments planned for sale and rental to low-income families in the Richmond area.

    • Quality Rental Opportunities

      CHDC is the sponsor of nearly 700 rental units throughout Richmond for families and seniors with incomes from 0-60% of the area median.


    • Environmentally Healthy Development All CHDC developments use state-of-the-art systems to conserve energy and reduce costs. One upcoming rental complex, Lillie Mae Jones Plaza, includes solar panels. Staff gets ongoing training to meet the highest standards for environmental responsibility.